Key Success Factors in Capitalizing on the Cloud

The keys to adopting and benefiting from cloud applications are overcoming fear of security risks and skepticism about ROI.

That cloud is a highly risky technology from a data security standpoint. 

In the U.S., near the bottom of the list of success factors were two that we thought would carry more weight before we fielded the survey: getting the CEO or head of a business function to drive a cloud initiative rather than the IT organization, and overcoming the IT function’s fear of a diminished organizational role from the adoption of public clouds – i.e., from shifting in-house applications to a cloud vendor’s data center. (See Exhibit X-2 below.)